After Kapamilya actress Aiko Melendez was accused of being a third-party to her current beau Subic Mayor Jay Khonghun’s previous marriage, she chose to stay silent while he addressed the speculation through a statement saying that they entered their relationship completely unattached.
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The “Bagani” actress spoke about the accusations for the first time on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" yesterday, July 16.
“I didn’t step on anyone’s toes. Wala po akong inapi. Wala po akong inagaw,” she stated. “Pumasok po ako sa isang relasyon nang malinis.”
“I don’t think Mayor Jay, knowing he’s a public official, would get into something na meron kaming nasasaktan na tao,” she added.
She also addressed the speculation that they may have entered into a relationship for political reasons, as Aiko is a former politician.
“Politics has nothing to do with our personal life,” she told Boy Abunda. “I give that to Jay - when he’s in Subic and he’s the mayor, I’m just in the background. When he’s in Manila, he’s a supportive boyfriend of mine.”
Noting how happy Aiko seemed to be these past few months, the King of Talk asked if it was because of the new love in her life.
“He’s a big part of it,” she answered. “My family, my kids, and him - they’re all a big part of it. He makes me happy.”
She furthered, “One thing I can say is we’re going to try everything, the challenges - we’re going to face it together to make this work. I’m praying that he is really my last and I think that we’re going to that stage that we are both wanting that to happen.”
The “Wildflower” actress also happily shared that Mayor Jay gets along well with her kids Andre Yllana and Marthena Jickain.
“One thing I appreciate about Mayor Jay is that he doesn’t just love me, he loves the people around me,” she said.
“Sila ni Andre, they’re textmates,” Aiko continued. “There was also a time he went to Subic without me. They’re really more of a barkada because Andre has so much respect for Jay and nag-uusap sila tungkol sa mga problema na hindi ko masagot minsan.”
“Marthena, okay sila ngayon, slowly but surely. Nung una, siyempre, babae - medyo may takot na, ‘Aw, baka you’re gonna take my mom away from me.’ But, you know, he’s making an effort to be close to her,” she added.
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